Sarasota Contemporary Dance Announces 2022-2023 Season
One of the latest local arts groups to announce the upcoming 2022-23 season: Sarasota Contemporary Dance, which is entering its 17e year with the theme “Reclaim”.
As with other organisations, the last two years of coping with Covid disruptions have at times affected the timing and approach to SCD performance. But the company is now taking a step forward to “reclaim the stage, the stories and the spirit of the company in a season of performances dedicated to empowerment, collaboration and forward movement,” according to a statement. Press.
SCD plans to do this by prioritizing diversity through collaboration with local musicians, while at the same time the four-show season will bring pieces from its repertoire to life and feature guest choreographers who will contribute original works. to Sarasota audiences.
Artistic director Leymis Bolaños Willmott said in the statement that “we are motivated by what we have overcome and the assurance that this business not only thrives locally, but can expand its reach beyond our community.”
All performances will be held at the Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; there will be performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Virtual tickets will also be available.
The season opener will be “Voices—Rising Choreographers,” October 13-16. This year’s list of mid-career emerging artists includes Alexis Diggs, Rebecca Eurom, Matthew Sommers, Sarah Emory and SCD Society member Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers. The production will also include a pre-show performance by SCDE, SCD’s training company, as part of a residency program hosting Laura Chambers, accompanied by new work to be presented.
SCD continues to collaborate with other artistic groups in its next offerings, “SCD + enSRQ”, from December 1 to 4. Working with enSRQ founders, musicians Samantha Bennett and George Nickson, these programs will explore rhythms, dance and song from around the world, with stage design by St. Petersburg artist Sharon McCaman.
“Dance Makers” is next, January 26-29, featuring imaginative new dance pieces created by renowned contemporary choreographers. Expect everything from jazz dance aesthetics (performed in Miles Davis) to Afro-Cuban movement to dramatic solo and duo works. Featured artists are Gilliane Hadely, Lisa del Rosario, Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez and Tania Vergara Perez (the latter from Sarasota).
Closing the season, April 27-30, will be a revival of “Jehanne,” previously staged by SCD, which explores the powerful influence of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years’ War. It will be accompanied by an original composition by Mark Dancigers with an “Evolving/Revolving” theme.
Tickets and subscriptions are available by calling (941) 260-8485 or via sarasotacontemporarydance.org/in-theater.